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Offline benshannon

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Leicestershire exploration?
« on: January 01, 2019, 01:14:08 pm »
I live in Coalville. this town and its surrounding areas are well known for their mining. I wondered if anyone has been down them recently? Guessing there isnt much in the way of natural caves around here, but i imagine theres a large network of mines?

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Re: Leicestershire exploration?
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2019, 01:28:44 pm »
I'm pretty sure that the only mines around there are coal ones - and as such they would probably be too hazardous to explore and quite likely to be fairly solidly sealed anyway?
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Re: Leicestershire exploration?
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2019, 01:50:41 pm »
Ah yeah fair enough. cheers :)

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Re: Leicestershire exploration?
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2019, 02:33:43 pm »
There are a few small areas of limestone in Leicestershire. The most obvious is probably at Breedon on the Hill. The hill has been quarried away on one side and apparently there are cavities in the quarry faces, the larger ones completely infilled with sediment. One infilled cave is 60m wide by 10m high and dips into the face at about 40degs! I don't know if there's anything that can be explored.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.emgs.org.uk/files/mercian_vol13on/Mercian%2520Geologist%2520volume%252018%25202012-2015/Mercian%25202013%2520v18%2520p139%2520East%2520Midlands%2520Geology%2520Landmark%2520Breedon%2520Hill,%2520Ambrose.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwjQo4H_4szfAhXJRxUIHROEAEkQFjANegQIBRAB&usg=AOvVaw33qZErxoeTyZCWx9T3Aikg

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Re: Leicestershire exploration?
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2019, 02:40:50 pm »
I should mention that the quarry is still active.

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Re: Leicestershire exploration?
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2019, 04:22:10 pm »
I can't help wondering if the late Dr. Trevor Ford ever wrote anything about that area. Might be worth a search of Cave Research Group publications - or (since the early 1970s) BCRA literature?

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Re: Leicestershire exploration?
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2019, 05:03:56 pm »
He was an active member of East Midlands Geological Association too....
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Re: Leicestershire exploration?
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2019, 05:39:30 pm »
. . . and a contributor to the Mercian Geologist magazine (another possible source of info?).

When Trevor passed away we lost a treasured mine of information. But he was an avid writer, so there's a good chance he'll have published something somewhere about that area. I'm sure he'd have been aware of it.

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Re: Leicestershire exploration?
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2019, 05:50:00 pm »
There are extensive gypsum workings at East Leake.  Unfortunately British Gypsum are (or were when I lived there) fairly sensitive about allowing access.  I don't know if they are still active as a lot of gypsum comes from flue gas desulphurisation - e.g. the nearby Ratcliffe on Soar plant.

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Re: Leicestershire exploration?
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2019, 05:53:32 pm »
Is it a gypsum karst, like the one at Ripon? (Didn't the Russians explore some amazing long underwater cave, with crystal clear vis, in a gypsum area, a few years ago?)

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Re: Leicestershire exploration?
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2019, 07:06:04 pm »
So interesting info here. ill do some digging (Pardon the pun) im itching for my club to all get back from their xmas break as im desperate to get underground again.

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Re: Leicestershire exploration?
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2019, 08:53:15 pm »
A long history of mining for Lead and Coal in the Staunton Harold/Calke/Ticknall area. Little to be seen now though.

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Re: Leicestershire exploration?
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2019, 09:13:46 pm »
Best of luck Ben, there are still many limestone areas up and down the country which have slipped under cavers' radar so far. That quarry with the sediment-filled fossil passages sounds very interesting.

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Re: Leicestershire exploration?
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2019, 09:52:31 pm »
The late Bob King wrote this article for the PDMHS bulletin in the late 1960s, relating to a small lead mine in the Charnwood area: https://pdmhs.co.uk/MiningHistory/Bulletin%204-1%20-%20The%20Quest%20for%20a%20Lost%20Lead%20Mine%20in%20Leicestershire.pdf
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Re: Leicestershire exploration?
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2019, 09:50:14 am »
found this survey of Leicestershire and rutland.

would be an awesome system to explore if it was accessible.lol

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